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Live updates, South Korea PPI, Indonesia interest rates


In a photo taken on November 4, 2019 a subway train crosses a rail bridge over the Han river, before the skyline of the Yeouido business district of Seoul.

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Asia-Pacific markets were set to fall Thursday after Wall Street dropped overnight, while investors awaited gross domestic product reading and inflation numbers from the U.S.

Economists polled by Reuters expect the U.S. economy to post a 5.2% year-on-year growth in the third quarter, while the Personal Consumption Expenditures price index is expected to climb 2.3% in the same period — its slowest rise since the fourth quarter of 2020.

Investors in Asia will assess producer prices reading from South Korea, as well as Indonesia’s central bank decision on Thursday.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 was down 0.57%, after the index recorded its eighth day of gains in nine sessions on Wednesday.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 was also set to fall, with the futures contract in Chicago at 33,185 and its counterpart in Osaka at 33,050 against the index’s last close of 33,675.94.

Futures for Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index stood at 16,507, pointing to a weaker open compared with the HSI’s close of 16,613.81.

Overnight in the U.S., all three major indexes lost ground as investors took some profits, after nine straight days of gains for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite.

The Dow slid 1.27%, while the tech heavy Nasdaq tumbled 1.5%. The broader S&P 500 declined 1.47%, after coming within 1% of its all time high of 4,796, hit in January 2022.

— CNBC’s Sarah Min and Samantha Subin contributed to this report

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